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Hiking photos - Spring Valley Loop, 2010/02/17

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We did some good hiking during the Chinese New Year holiday, and this hike was one of our favourites. The Spring Valley loop hike is a relatively easy walk over about 10km, following one valley up to high meadows, and crossing over a ridge before walking out through a second valley. It was interesting to see more snow on one side of the ridge than the other, and our local guide explained that the difference in the amount of sunshine on each side meant that villagers on the sunny side could earn approximately twice as much per year from their crops as the villagers on the shady side.

Bus, Beijing Hikers Spring Valley Loop hike, 2010-02-17

Ready to get started.

Valley, Beijing Hikers Spring Valley Loop hike, 2010-02-17

Towards the top of the first valley, the landscape flattened out into broad meadows.

Rest break, Beijing Hikers Spring Valley Loop hike, 2010-02-17

We took a rest at a good spot at the top of the first valley.

Snow on the ridge, Beijing Hikers Spring Valley Loop hike, 2010-02-17

After the first valley, the trail followed the ridgeline.

Hiking group, Beijing Hikers Spring Valley Loop hike, 2010-02-17

Along the way, our guide spotted a nice big branch, and carried it all the way back to his courtyard house. Later in the year, he'll make it into a useful tool by attaching clippers to the end, allowing him to reach high-hanging fruit and chestnuts.

Ridge, Beijing Hikers Spring Valley Loop hike, 2010-02-17

After reaching the highest point of the hike, we followed a path along the ridge, heading for another valley trail.

Valley with iced river, Beijing Hikers Spring Valley Loop hike, 2010-02-17

Descending into the second valley, we passed frozen streams and chestnut orchards.

Trail through the valley, Beijing Hikers Spring Valley Loop hike, 2010-02-17

The trail led us along the side of the valley, past some nice terraces.

Lunchtime, Beijing Hikers Spring Valley Loop hike, 2010-02-17

On such a cold day it was nice to warm with some hot food after hiking.